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Richard M. Clifford Sr.: The blessing of uncommon courtesy

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — On a recent visit to a 7-Eleven, I walked up to the door as another car pulled into the lot. I hauled open the door and then turned and waited for an elderly gentleman behind me to reach the door. As I held the door open for him to walk through he turned to me and smiled, saying, “There ain’t many of us left ya know!” I immediately …

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Embattled Kinder Morgan pipeline project fires up TV spots, ‘push’ polling

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

If you watch television, you’ve probably noticed the ads trying to link support for renewable energy with support for new gas pipelines. Featuring bona fide New Englanders smiling in the wind and sunshine, these ads are from the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs, a group partially funded by Kinder Morgan and orchestrated by Tony Buxton, lobbyist and lawyer for Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas …

Julio Capó Jr.: Why it took science, and many decades, to get to truth of presidential love child

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The results are in, and DNA evidence confirms that Warren is the father! No, this is not a quote pulled from a Maury Povich recording. It is one of a summer week’s biggest headlines: Warren Gamaliel Harding, the 29th president of the United States, was the biological father to a young girl named …

Karen List: Artful action: A look at this year’s grants through the Emily List Fund for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST Romeo and Juliet were once eaten by alligators. Hamlet met a princess though, as anyone familiar with Shakespeare knows, there is no princess in the play. And the actors cannot for the life of them dance. Such …

Jim Palermo: Pope’s message on environment showcases an engaged moralism

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON Reactions to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical (“Laudato Si”) expose the absurdity of the idea that there is a separation of religion and state. Such a separation is now, and always has been, illusionary. Prior to the issuance …

Sandra L. Petersen: What’s the point in digging into the Carolyn Gardner case settlement?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST I have been subscribing to the Gazette for over 20 years, largely to learn about what is happening in our community. The stories generally seem to have a point and “news value.” But an article I read …

Jane Gronau: On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, it is time to restore voting rights for all

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This bill was introduced into Congress immediately following the historic clash between black civil rights marchers and white police in Selma, Alabama, when powerful images of police violence were broadcast on TV …

Jay Fleitman: The disturbing Planned Parenthood videos are important to see

Monday, August 3, 2015

It’s been surprising how few people I talk to are aware of the undercover videos that have launched such controversy around the practices of Planned Parenthood. Most media outlets seem to have covered these videos tangentially, approaching the story by leading with the Republican attempt to defund Planned …

Bill Newman: Difficult vital decisions at life’s end

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My mother was seated comfortably in a favorite chair by her bedroom window that overlooked the snow-dusted fields and stands of evergreens behind the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. The gentle late afternoon light of that warm-for-winter …

Jeffrey Peterson: Smith Vocational — where the ‘skills gap’ gets closed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You may be seeing more and more of these kinds of help-wanted ads popping up across the nation: JOB DESCRIPTION: Someone highly skilled in manufacturing technologies, engineering, electricity, plumbing, automobile repair, animal science or health care. Must be hard working, reliable and able to adapt to …

Paul Foster-Moore: Me and Enis was just talkin’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So I was driving down this country lane up north past lots of farms with my buddy Enis and we saw this huge Confederate flag plastered conspicuously on the side of a barn and so I asked my …

Jason Johnson: The ills that Lake Warner suffers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HADLEY — Lake Warner is approximately a quarter mile from the Connecticut River in Hadley. It is a 68-acre, freshwater lake and wetland ecosystem undergoing “eutrophication.” Eutrophication describes intensifying enrichment of an aquatic ecosystem with chemical nutrients, typically containing nitrogen or phosphorus or both. It is measured using …

Lily Wallace: Radio station WMUA should recommit itself to benefiting students

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tensions between the students who run WMUA, the student radio station of the University of Massachusetts, and members of both the non-student volunteer DJ and listener community exploded in April when student leadership voted to dismiss …